The dilemma: you've got a brand new super flat panel HDTV and you want to wall mount it for space efficiency and an uncluttered setup. The problem: you're a renter and you're not allowed to drill into walls. The solution: build a false wall!
Joe Brown of Wired's Gadget Lab shows how a renter can build a faux drywall and plywood sandwich wall for flat panel HDTV wall-mounting with minimal damage to the original wall underneath (the faux wall still requires several 4-inch drywall screws to secure the structure).
The results are a wall sturdy enough to hold up most modern HDTV sets while offering the additional bonus of a space to snake cables and cords through, between the interior of the fake wall, down to home entertainment components for a clean and clutter-free home entertainment setup. The project takes about 4 hours to complete, requires a drill, hole saw bit, circular saw, clamps, and eye protection, with total material cost in the ballpark of $200.
Check out the full post, including an instructional video, at Wired.
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